Joyce Manor
Never Hungover Again


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mark A. CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
December 6th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 07/22/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The construction of the songs on Never Hungover Again is a bit like a sampler platter, as it displays the gamut of everything that Joyce Manor can do, and it does so in less than twenty minutes.

For as simple as Joyce Manor's music can be, it is surprisingly hard to describe them to someone who has never heard them. They have a pretty cut-and-dry songwriting formula yet somehow sound completely original, they are tongue-in-cheek while also seeming totally sincere, insert next conundrum here. The catchy qualities in their songwriting never rely on being overproduced or saccharine sweet, which is the main draw for punk bands like them and Dear Landlord; the authenticity always made it that much more fun to belt out the choruses in the car with some friends. Joyce Manor's self-titled LP is one of my all-time favorite albums and after the disappointment that was the follow-up Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, I was wary of the direction for the next album. Never Hungover Again is doubly a success; not only is it an excellent record, but it also stands tall with a different identity than Joyce Manor. "Schley" starts out slower and then gradually builds on the skeletal beginnings of drums and vocals until the explosive last thirty seconds, while "End of the Summer" begins with an angular lead guitar that gives way to the audible bass that dominates most of the album.

The construction of the songs on Never Hungover Again is a bit like a sampler platter, as it displays the gamut of everything that Joyce Manor can do, and it does so in less than twenty minutes. For a genre that can seem so one-dimensional at times, Joyce Manor expertly inject just enough influences to sound completely different than any other band in the genre. "Heart Tattoo" shows the heart-on-sleeve, upbeat pop punk side to them, but the closer "Heated Swimming Pool" leans more toward emo tendencies with jangling guitars and a more subdued approach. The vocals of Barry Johnson are endlessly listenable here, as he goes from a plaintive yearning to a passionate yell within seconds naturally. The short lengths of songs are both genius and frustrating at the same time; while the melodies never overstay their welcome and seem perfectly formulated, you always end up wanting more. That's obviously a small complaint, especially given the fact that these succinct songs wouldn't sound quite right with a more standard song length. The biggest downfall of Never Hungover Again is that there is a distinct lack of standout songs. On Joyce Manor, you had songs like "Beach Community" and "Famous Friend" that were obvious highlights and helped to give the album a bit more of an identity. Even though this collection of songs lacks musical missteps, it can fly by the listener without making a lasting impression. Having said this, the band is armed with a little more subtlety this time around and it provides fans with the most mature album of Joyce Manor's career, as well as some much-needed redemption.



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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2014


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loving this so much. Constructive crit is much appreciated.

Digging: The Amazing - Picture You

ScuroFantasma
December 6th 2014


2824 Comments


Great review Mark, you're bloody good at your style man. Only recommendation I'd make is splitting this up into two, although
thats just an aesthetic thing. Pos'd hard mate.

Digging: Separatist - Closure

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2014


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude, I appreciate it very much. I will read through and see where I can split it up.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2014


2696 Comments


"They have a pretty cut-and-dry songwriting formula yet somehow sound completely original, they are tongue-in-cheek while also
seeming totally sincere, insert next conundrum here" - sentence is kinda run-on-y

"The catchy qualities in their songwriting never rely on being overproduced or saccharine sweet, which is the main draw for punk
bands like them"
- I think your reviews are some of my favourite user reviews on here, but you'd improve a bit if your sentences were more concise.
For example, you could write this ^ as "Though catchy throughout, they never rely on sacharrine lyrics or overproduction - traits
common for similar bands"
- I said the same thing with ~2/3 the word count. If you comb through your review and condense some of your unnecessarily long
sentences, the review should flow better, read better, and feel just as informative while being a shorter read. Can't go wrong with
that IMO
- of course, this can be tricky especially when you're using a casual style, so I guess find a balance...

-another example "For a genre that can seem so one-dimensional at times" could be "for a typically one-dimensional genre," - same
thing, like 1/2 the words

Digging: Christopher Hipgrave - No Greater Hero than the Least Plant that Grows

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2014


2696 Comments


my edits aren't necessarily great examples of how to reword things, but still

Other than that, solid review and I agree with it. Pos

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2014


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, it definitely means a ton coning from you. I will definitely try to condense this later on today, my biggest issue is being too verbose with my sentences. It's a hard habit to break, but I just need to make a more conscious effort.

Tunaboy45
December 6th 2014


5193 Comments


Great review Mark, your reviews are consistently well written.

Digging: Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2014


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Tuna, appreciate it man!

SputnikSweetheart
December 7th 2014


213 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol this band

chesse13
December 7th 2014


4301 Comments


maybe i should check

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2014


20269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review man. I need to give this another spin haven't jammed it in several months

Digging: Daisyhead - The Smallest Light

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2014


2095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Chesse, pls check.



Thanks Atari! It's good stuff, I love Joyce Manor.



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